July 11, 2011
John C. Lincoln Hospitals are the first in Arizona to earn full accreditation as heart failure centers, signaling that our hospitals meet or exceed national standards of care for congestive heart failure patients.
John C. Lincoln Deer Valley and North Mountain Hospitals have become the first hospitals in Arizona to earn full accreditation as Heart Failure Centers from the national Society of Chest Pain Centers(SCPC).
"We are thrilled that Deer Valley and North Mountain have become the only two hospitals in Arizona with accreditation as Heart Failure Centers," said Network Cardiac Services Projects Coordinator Tracy Moroney, RN, BSN, BCEN. "My goal has always been raising the bar on patient standards of care. This accreditation announces to the Valley that we do meet or exceed national standards of care for our congestive heart failure patients."
This latest accreditation adds another dimension of recognized expertise in cardiac care at both John C. Lincoln Hospitals. Both medical facilities were among the first in the state to have been certified as Cardiac Arrest Centers by the State of Arizona and accredited nationally by SCPC as Chest Pain Centers with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention, also known as angioplasty), the highest national accreditation possible for emergency heart attack care.
"Accreditation as Heart Failure Centers completes our hospitals' designation as the places where heart patients can get the most comprehensive high quality care," said John C. Lincoln Health Network President and CEO Rhonda Forsyth. "Once again, we are honored that the caliber of our care is recognized by national experts in the field."
Heart failure is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Approximately five million patients in the United States have heart failure. In addition, heart failure patients are responsible for 12 to 15 million physician office visits per year and 6.5 million hospital days. SCPC's goal is to help facilities manage the heart failure patient more efficiently and improve patient outcomes.
To earn SCPC accreditation as a Heart Failure Center, a hospital must demonstrate its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria. The hospital must also undergo an onsite review by a team of SCPC's accreditation review specialists.
SCPC noted that John C. Lincoln's protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment and to risk-stratify patients to decrease their length of stay.
Key areas in which a facility with Heart Failure Accreditation must demonstrate expertise include the following:
- Emergency Department Integration with Emergency Medical Services.
- Emergency Assessment of Patients with Symptoms of Acute Decompensated Heart Failure-Diagnosis.
- Risk Stratification of the Heart Failure Patient.
- Treatment for Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department in Heart Failure.
- Heart Failure Discharge Criteria from the Emergency Department, Observation Stay or Inpatient Stay.
- Heart Failure Patient Education in the Emergency Department, Observation and Inpatient Unit.
- Personnel, Competencies and Training.
- Process Improvement.
- Organizational Structure and Commitment.
- Heart Failure Community Outreach.
Heart Failure accreditation complements the hospitals' accreditation as Chest Pain Centers, where the focus is re-establishing coronary blood flow as quickly and safely as possible. In emergency heart care, "time is muscle." Regardless of cause of heart problems, the faster circulation of blood to the affected heart muscle and other vital organs can be restored, the better the chances are for recovery.
At both John C. Lincoln Hospitals, our Emergency Department and Cardiac Cath Lab teams work closely with first responders and hospital critical care staff members to make sure that the highest quality necessary care is provided to heart patients as rapidly and safely as it possibly can be delivered.
For more information about heart failure symptoms, statistics and treatments, visit JCL.com/heartfailure.
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